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      Use of Copeptin Levels to Predict the Resolution of Transient Postoperative SIADH

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          Background: Copeptin levels reflect vasopressin activity and help classify osmoregulatory disorders. There is limited pediatric experience using copeptin to diagnose and manage diabetes insipidus, syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH), and bi- or tri-phasic postsurgical osmoregulatory disorders. In this report, we describe serial copeptin levels in an infant who developed transient SIADH after neurosurgery. Case Description: A 4-month-old infant with no prior pituitary dysfunction underwent endoscopic fenestration of a large arachnoid cyst (3.5 × 4.7 × 3.8 cm). He developed SIADH on postoperative day 4 with seizures, hyponatremia (sodium 121 mmol/L), and concentrated urine (535 mOsm/kg). His initial copeptin level was inappropriately high in the context of his hyponatremia. Copeptin levels decreased as his SIADH resolved. Serial copeptin levels correlated to the infant’s increased ability to dilute urine. Conclusion: Copeptin levels in this infant are consistent with levels described in adults and older children. Obtaining copeptin levels may improve providers’ ability to quickly diagnose and manage SIADH amongst other heterogeneous causes of hyponatremia. Lastly, trending copeptin levels improved providers’ ability to monitor SIADH progression, and may allow preemptive fluid titration for children with bi- or tri-phasic shifts in osmoregulation after neurological procedures.

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          Copeptin in the differential diagnosis of hyponatremia.

          Treatment of patients with hyponatremia varies widely; thus, convenient diagnostic parameters are needed to guide the correct treatment strategy. This study was designed to evaluate the diagnostic potential of copeptin, the C-terminal part of provasopressin, as a new marker in the differential diagnosis of hyponatremia. In this prospective observational study, 106 consecutive hyponatremic patients were classified based on their history, clinical evaluation, and laboratory tests. In patients and 32 healthy control subjects, plasma copeptin concentration and standard biochemical parameters were tested for their utility of diagnosing the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis (SIAD). Four patients (4%) were diagnosed as primary polydipsia, nine (8%) as diuretic-induced hyponatremia, 42 (40%) as SIAD, 29 (27%) as hypovolemic hyponatremia, and 22 patients (21%) as hypervolemic hyponatremia. In controls, a close correlation between plasma copeptin and serum sodium (r(2) = 0.62, P < 0.001) or urine osmolality (r(2) = 0.39, P = 0.001) was observed. Plasma copeptin levels were significantly higher in patients with hypo- and hypervolemic hyponatremia compared with SIAD (P < 0.005, respectively) and primary polydipsia (P < 0.001). The copeptin to U-Na ratio differentiated accurately between volume-depleted and normovolemic disorders (area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve 0.88, 95% confidence interval 0.81-0.95; P < 0.001), resulting in a sensitivity and specificity of 85 and 87% if a cutoff value of 30 pmol/mmol was used. The combined information of plasma copeptin less than 3 pmol/liter and urine osmolality less than 200 mOsm/kg ensured primary polydipsia in 100% of suspected patients. Copeptin measurement reliably identifies patients with primary polydipsia but has limited utility in the differential diagnosis of other hyponatremic disorders. In contrast, the copeptin to U-Na ratio is superior to the reference standard in discriminating volume-depleted from normovolemic hyponatremic disorders.
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            Diagnostic Accuracy of Copeptin in the Differential Diagnosis of the Polyuria-polydipsia Syndrome: A Prospective Multicenter Study.

            The polyuria-polydipsia syndrome comprises primary polydipsia (PP) and central and nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (DI). Correctly discriminating these entities is mandatory, given that inadequate treatment causes serious complications. The diagnostic "gold standard" is the water deprivation test with assessment of arginine vasopressin (AVP) activity. However, test interpretation and AVP measurement are challenging.
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              A Copeptin-Based Approach in the Diagnosis of Diabetes Insipidus


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                Horm Res Paediatr
                Hormone Research in Paediatrics
                S. Karger AG
                October 2020
                30 September 2020
                : 93
                : 4
                : 258-262
                aDivision of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
                bDivision of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
                cDepartment of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
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                *Ana Creo, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (USA), creo.ana@mayo.edu
                509549 Horm Res Paediatr 2020;93:258–262
                © 2020 S. Karger AG, Basel

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